Beginning Bird Walk, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jan Rising for a beginner's bird walk at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Learn the basics of birding, including identifying birds by size, shape, color, behavior and habitat. Stroll around Hindman Springs and into the meadow surrounding Whychus Creek, watching for warblers and spring songbirds. More than 160 species of birds have been observed at the Preserve--see how many you can find! Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate, ~2 mile hike. Portions will be on bark-chipped trails and through a grassy meadow.

    Route: This hike will start at the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve kiosk, follow the bark-chipped trail and then venture off-trail into the meadow. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Binoculars (if you have them), snacks, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Camp Polk Meadow Preserve is a 152 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. The Preserve was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2000. The Preserve contains approximately 1.4 miles of Whychus Creek, wetlands, meadows, aspen groves and ponderosa pine stands. It is home to a variety of plant and wildlife species and is one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots. The Preserve also has a long and illustrious history as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, soldiers and settlers.